And don't worry; we've skipped the usual tourist-packed sites and bizarre arts and crafts in far-flung corners of Dade in favor of actual cool things that you'll be psyched to try, like beachside yoga and a posh Champagne happy hour—all open to the public, and, most importantly, all gratis. So, go ahead and experience the city's luxe life. Trust—you may never feel this free again.
Photos (clockwise from left): Via Equinox, Courtesy of The Miami Beach Scene, and Via The Standard
Free Volleyball Lessons with Equinox
Ever see those volleyball players spiking the balls aside Ocean Drive? Ever feel intimidated? Well fret no more, because Equinox has you covered with free volleyball lessons! Join them Saturdays on Eighth Avenue for classes taught by V-ball instructor Andreas Olesen. London 2012, here we come!
Where: The beach at 8th Avenue and Ocean Drive; 305-673-1172
When: Saturdays; 10 a.m.
Emerge Critical Mass
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Nope, just your friendly neighborhood bicyclists flying right by you as you sit through traffic light after traffic light. But don’t get your seat belts in a jumble; join in on the self-propelled fun! On the last Friday of every month, join a caravan of bikers and bladers as they pedal through Miami and enjoy some well-deserved grub and drink specials at the end point.
Where: 111 NW 1st Street (at NW 2nd Avenue).
When: Last Friday of every month, 6:30 p.m.
The Standard Lazy BBQ
It's Sunday, the day of rest. You have no reason to be out, running errands, so go head on over to the Standard Miami's docks, hang out near the Mud Baths or splash around in the ocean, and eat some delish bee-bee-que. DJs and guests make frequent appearances.
Where: The Standard Miami; 40 Island Avenue; 305-673-1717.
When: Sundays, from 4 to 9 p.m.
Free Fridays at the Wolfsonian
Ever wonder what that fortress-looking building on SoBe is? We used to, too ... until we discovered it's the Wolfsonian and that it opens up its doors to art-loving penny-pinchers on Fridays. Exhibits right now include “Art and Design in the Modern Age,” “Improving the Modern Home,” “Graphic Intervention: 25 Years of International AIDS Awareness Posters,” and “Visions of Victory: Picturing the Spanish-American War.” Where: 1001 Washington Avenue (at 10th Street); 305-531-1001.
When: Every Friday, 6 to 9 p.m.
Sometimes, you just need a classic night at the movies. But what if you could skip out on the $10 ticket for doing good? Donate some blood at the donation truck parked right outside Regal’s doors and catch a free flick. By golly, it’s an offer we can’t refuse.
Where: 1120 Lincoln Road (At Alton Road); 305-674-6766.
Champagne Happy Hour
Just in case you thought life couldn’t get any better for us girls (wait, did we really just say that?) you may now kick off your stilletos and enjoy complimentary champagne, Monday through Friday at the Highbar at the Dream Hotel. Just sit back, relax, and let the evening bubbly flow.
Where: 1111 Collins Avenue (at 11th Street); 305-534-8455
When: Monday through Friday, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
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